Early Thoughts On Ohio State's 2019 Recruiting Class

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Early Thoughts On Ohio State's 2019 Recruiting Class

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Early Thoughts On Ohio State's 2019 Recruiting Class


Urban Meyer and staff just put the finishing touches on the 2018 recruiting class. Gone is the no-news cycle of college football. It’s time to get some early thoughts on the 2019 class.


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Early Thoughts on Ohio State’s 2019 Recruiting Class

It’s too early to get that far in-depth with the recruiting efforts of the 2019 Ohio State football class, but we can at least look at some things that stand out before things really heat to a boil.

Just because the paint trim is dry on 2018, doesn’t mean that things screech to a halt. Recruiting in big-time college football is a year-round proposition these days in some way shape or form.

  • Ohio State only has one commit for 2019 so far, but it’s a good one. The 6-5, 295 lb. four-star OT Doug Nester out of Huntington, WV gets recognized as the first to give a verbal, and is a good piece to build on. OSU will have a bit of a void to fill on the O-line after next season, so getting Nester is a good start.
  • The staff seems to be concentrating more on Ohio this year than the most recent ones. There are roughly thirty targets right now according to 247Sports, and nine of those are either four or five-star rated talents.
  • Undoubtedly the biggest target on the board right now is right in the backyard of Ohio State. DE Zach Harrison out of Olentangy Orange in Lewis Center, OH is rated by some websites as the No. 1 overall prospect. 247Sports has him rated as No. 4, but that’s splitting hairs. Urban Meyer would love to continue the tradition of high-caliber defensive-ends by landing the 6-6, 240 pounder.
  • The pace of getting verbals is a little slower than we’ve seen in recent years. Usually OSU get some early five-star recruits to look its way early, but that has yet to happen.  In fact, the Buckeyes currently sit at just No. 37 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Never fear, this staff has shown its worth and Ohio State will be in the conversation when the rubber meets the road.
  • Staying with recent efforts, Ohio and Florida are the two states with the most targets (approximately 30 each). Georgia and Texas are tied for third with 19 targets each. Surprisingly, North Carolina checks in with 10.
  • In total, 34 states and the District Of Columbia are represented with the early players being identified.
  • In a bit of a shock, there are none from the state of California.
  • But there are two from Hawaii. I’d like to put my name in the hat to be the recruiting coordinator for that assignment. It’s unlikely that five-star DT Faatui Tuitele and four-star OT Julius Buelow will want to go that far to play in frozen tundra of the Midwest.
  • There are eight targets currently from That School Up North — the best of which is five-star OT Devontae Dobbs out of Belleville. There is mutual interest.
  • Five-star, 5-11, 207 lb. Noah Cain out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL appears to be the top running back being recruited right now. He has a teammate that is the top rated running back in the country. You probably don’t want to play that team if you are a high school team on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
  • The top QB OSU is going after at this time comes from the West Coast. Michael Johnson, Jr out of Eugene, OR of all places is high on Ohio State’s list, and he appears to be warming up to the prospects of coming across the country to play for Urban Meyer. At 6-4, 190 lbs., he is a dual-threat and currently rated as the No. 2 QB in the class.

 

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